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News – The poorest country in the world

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August 2007
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News – The poorest country in the world

The poorest country in the worldFor the last ten years the United Nations has given this dubious status to Sierra Leone. Eleven years of civil war have had disastrous effects - economically, socially and spiritually.Islam is increasing its hold, with new mosques built in many places. Although many of Sierra Leone's churches (and there…

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August 2007
Obituaries

News – Ruth Graham

Ruth GrahamRuth Graham, wife of Rev. Billy Graham, died on 14 June, aged 87 years. She was a widely respected Christian lady and a faithful support for her husband. Her father, L. Nelson Bell, was a Presbyterian missionary doctor in Qingjiang, China. Ruth met Billy at Wheaton College, Illinois, and they were married in…

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News – Christians persecuted in Iraq

Christians persecuted in IraqChurch minister Ragheed Ganni left his congregation in Mosul after the Sunday service on 3 June. He was accompanied by three deacons, Ghassan, Bassam and Basman Joseph. As the men drove away a car cut them off and four armed men got out. Ragheed and the three deacons were shot dead.A…

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Mystical Youth Ministry

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August 2007
Cults and other religions

Mystical Youth Ministry

Mystical Youth Ministry by Gary E. Gilley Ministering to young people has never been easy and that is certainly true today. How are we to engage over-stimulated teenagers with the truth of God's Word without boring them to tears? God's people have contemplated this question since the invention of the teenager! Many programmes and…

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Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Liberia

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August 2007
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Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Liberia

Christianity in Liberia The Liberian church was born out of the missionary fervour that gripped Western Europe and America in the nineteenth century. Baptists, Methodists and Episcopalians were among the first to engage in Liberian mission. All three denominations recognised ‘a unique opportunity for Protestant missions in Liberia’1 and had missionaries on board the…

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News – Poland’s bishop collaborators

Poland's bishop collaboratorsPoland's Roman Catholic Church has admitted that at least 10% of its bishops informed state officials about their congregations and fellow bishops during Poland's communist era.Secret police files from the period show that police had most of the bishops in question registered as collaborators, while one was listed as an intelligence agent…

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News – Scottish Reformed Conference

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August 2007
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News – Scottish Reformed Conference

Scottish Reformed ConferenceThis year's Scottish Reformed Conference (SRC) was well attended and enjoyed two inspiring biblical addresses by Dr Liam Goligher. His first message was a timely defence of the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, based on an in-depth exposition of 2 Corinthians 5.Dr Goligher set forth the biblical basis of the atonement in the…

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Being a Christian student today

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August 2007
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Being a Christian student today

Being a Christian student todayby Jessica Bowen'All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved' (Matthew 10:22).The Bible tells us that the gospel frees us from slavery to sin and prepares for us 'an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade' (1 Peter…

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August 2007
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News – Australian ‘vilification’ case settled

Australian 'vilification' case settledThe religious 'vilification' case against Pastors Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah in Victoria, Australia, has been settled after mediation on 22 June. The two pastors met with representatives of the Islamic Council of Victoria and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.According to a report from Barnabas Fund, a media release was…

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Am I pentecostal?

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August 2007
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Am I pentecostal?

Am I pentecostal?by Kent PhilpottMy sermon for the last Sunday of May was entitled 'A safe place'. The sermon for the first Sunday of June was 'I am pentecostal'. The one explains the other. Or, to put it another way, because I am pentecostal (no capital P) there is a good chance that the…

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August 2007
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Comment – Answering the challenges of Islam

Answering the challenges of IslamSince the time of Mohammed (c. 570-632) Islam has been one of the major challenges to Christianity and society - politically, militarily and spiritually. By the time of the Battle of Tours-Poitiers in France in 732, the armies of the Islamic caliphate had already secured the 'imposition by force' of…

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News – Blairs meet Pope

Blairs meet Pope Tony Blair met Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican shortly before resigning as prime minister. The two men met privately for 25 minutes and then were joined for further talks by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.Mr Blair introduced members of his party to the…

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August 2007
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News – Michael John Baxter (1941 – 2007)

Michael John Baxter (1941 – 2007)Mike's full-time ministry at Rotherham Evangelical Church began on 21 April 2001. Six years later, almost to the day, many gathered with his family for his funeral.Mike grew up in Redcar and became a Christian at 13 years old. After leaving school he studied accountancy and moved to York…

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The rise of Paganism

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August 2007
Cults and other religions

The rise of Paganism

The rise of Paganismby Jonathan SkinnerFrom teenager books on spells and magic to 'neutral' exercises like yoga and meditation, pagan practices are hitting mainstream.The religious and spiritual outlook of our generation is undergoing seismic shifts undreamt of a few decades ago.British people feel that the church has failed them and yet are becoming spiritually…

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Guest Column – Self above all

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August 2007
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Guest Column – Self above all

Guest ColumnSelf above allby David F. WellsThe European-based World values survey was published in 2003 - an astonishing study that surveyed 80% of the world's population. Its findings were not a surprise. They do, however, confirm what many Western writers have been saying.Those who live in the West think about themselves in ways that…

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News – Partnership in the gospel

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August 2007
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News – Partnership in the gospel

Partnership in the gospelIn June, Whitby Evangelical Church hosted a group of young people from Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio. The team of 17-18 year olds was led by five adults. This is the second time a team has come from Parkside to Whitby.The Parkside young people assisted the Whitby church with a week of…

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News – Islam and British universities

Islam and British universitiesA government report on how Islam is taught in British universities would if implemented signal a step towards the Islamisation of Britain's education system, according to some Christian observers. The report was launched by previous Prime Minister Tony Blair at the 'Islam and Muslims in the world today' conference, sponsored by…

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Revival comes to Yorkshire! – The ministry of Benjamin Ingham

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August 2007
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Revival comes to Yorkshire! – The ministry of Benjamin Ingham

Revival comes to Yorkshire! The ministry of Benjamin Ingham by John Harris Some years ago a Benedictine priest was heard to say that he was praying for a Yorkshire revival. Alas, he was only concerned with the fortunes of the county cricket team, which needed assistance from somewhere at the time! Certainly, the spiritual…

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News – Europe’s time-bomb

Europe's time-bombEurope is facing 'a demographic time-bomb' of ageing citizens and too few young people, according to experts at the recent Munich Economic Summit. European governments were urged to consider far-reaching action to address the problem. Possible solutions include opening national borders to millions of foreign migrant workers, raising retirement ages, requiring citizens to…

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August 2007
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News – Thumbs down to super-casinos

Thumbs down to super-casinosEarlier this year, Newham Council won a government licence for one of the eight large casinos proposed across the country and the only one in the capital.The Christian Peoples Alliance (CPA) in Newham have welcomed the results of an opinion survey in the borough ( www.theadvisorycommission.com) which showed that residents are…

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Concerning spiritual gifts – Part 1

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August 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

Concerning spiritual gifts – Part 1

Concerning spiritual giftsby David WengOne challenge facing churches today is a lack of understanding of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. A related issue is the confusion concerning 'spiritual gifts' and the purpose of these gifts which were imparted to the church by the Spirit of God. While Charismatic churches misunderstand the role of…

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August 2007
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The ring of youth

The ring of youthForgive the pun in our headline, but there is more than meets the eye in the recent High Court action brought by a teenager who was banned from wearing a chastity ring in school. As we go to press the reserved judgement has just been delivered - the action was unsuccessful.…

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News – Covenant Bible Presbyterian Church, India

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August 2007
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News – Covenant Bible Presbyterian Church, India

Covenant Bible Presbyterian Church, IndiaTwo years have passed since Dr George and Mrs Bessy Skariah were sent out by Maranatha Bible Presbyterian Church (BPC), Singapore, as church-planting missionaries to Bangalore, India. We have known God's gracious help in overcoming many obstacles, including finding convenient premises to rent, gathering a congregation of 30-40 people, registering…

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August 2007
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News – Indonesian teachers released

Indonesian teachers releasedBarnabas Fund has reported the release of Dr Rebekka Zakaria, Mrs Ratna Bangun and Mrs Eti Pangesti, who were jailed after allowing Muslim children to attend their Christian children's club. The women were released early from their three-year prison sentence on 8 June. Their early release after two years is an answer…

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News – Bala ministers’ conference

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August 2007
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News – Bala ministers’ conference

Bala ministers' conferenceAround 70 men gathered at Bala to encourage one another in the work of the gospel. The conference has long been noted for praying for revival and God's blessing upon the work of evangelism. This June was no exception. Ninety minutes were put aside each day for prayer, and these were helped…

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Missionary Spotlight – Africa Bible College

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August 2007
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Missionary Spotlight – Africa Bible College

Africa Bible College As we circled the airfield in preparation for landing we knew we were in a place where peace was in progress. UN helicopters, cargo planes, tanks and trucks dominated the Liberian airfield. Our little two-engine prop plane, with a total of 17 passengers, taxied noisily to the arrival gate, missing the…

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News – Medical missionary honoured

In June Mavis Orton received an MBE from the Queen for 'services to midwifery in the Philippines'. She was accompanied to Buckingham Palace by ACTION founder Doug Nichols and others. Mavis has worked amongst the poor communities in the Philippines for over 20 years. She trained in Birmingham and retired as an NHS midwife…

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Remembering Selina

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August 2007
Articles > Historical

Remembering Selina

Remembering Selina by Faith Cook The year 2007 celebrates an unusual number of anniversaries of Christian achievement. The abolition of the slave trade two hundred years ago has received full coverage, as has the life of John Newton who died that same year. The revivals on Mow Cop in Staffordshire, also in 1807, together…

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News – Discovery confirms OT accuracy

Discovery confirms OT accuracyA researcher at the British Museum has uncovered a direct link between the Old Testament book of Jeremiah and a 2500-year-old Assyrian cuneiform tablet. The discovery has been called the most important find in biblical archaeology for 100 years.Michael Jursa, a visiting professor from Vienna, was searching for financial accounts among…

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News – Older people

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August 2007
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News – Older people

Older people The first major Christian conference on issues for an ageing population will take place on Wednesday 21 November in London. 'The world, the church and older people' will include workshops and speakers, dealing with such topics as euthanasia and dementia.The conference is a joint initiative by the John Owen Centre and Pilgrim…

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News – London Theological Seminary

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August 2007
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News – London Theological Seminary

London Theological SeminaryThe 'end of year service' at LTS on 9 June was a reverent and moving occasion, with chairman, students, faculty and guest preacher testifying to the grace of God before the large congregation.The leaving students so urged those present to consider LTS as the right place to be equipped for gospel ministry…

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August 2007
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News – Tell-a-tourist

Tell-a-touristEach year tourists from all over the world flock to London. For 25 years now, Tell-a-tourist has been an event in London's Christian calendar. The aim is gospel presentation, using a sketchboard to illustrate messages, and one-to-one evangelism with those who stop to listen. The outreach is run by full-time evangelists from the London…

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August 2007
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News in Brief – Aug 2007

News in BriefSony sorry Computer giant Sony Corporation has apologised to Manchester Cathedral for using the interior of the cathedral as a backdrop to a violent video game. Resistance: Fall of man shows a gun battle with many fatalities inside the historic building. However, the company will not be withdrawing games already manufactured and…

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News – Herne Bay Court

Herne Bay CourtHerne Bay Court in Kent is to be closed as a Christian conference centre. For nearly sixty years it enjoyed a thriving Christian holiday ministry. But, more recently, demand for this type of holiday has been replaced by holiday weeks at very large venues and smaller holidays at better resourced specialist centres,…

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Missionary Spotlight – ELWA

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August 2007
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Missionary Spotlight – ELWA

ELWA Over fifty years ago, on 18 January 1954, Africa’s first Christian radio station went on the air in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. Its name was Radio ELWA – ‘Eternal love winning Africa’. Over several days in January 2004 hundreds of people in Liberia and the USA held simultaneous celebrations marking the 50th…

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The Banner of Truth Trust – Part 2

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August 2007
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The Banner of Truth Trust – Part 2

The Banner of Truth Trust – Iain H. Murray – Part 1   The Banner of Truth Trust Iain Murray continues the story Last month’s article traced the story of the Banner of Truth Trust from its formation in 1957 until 1960, during which time the Trust was financed largely by businessman Jack Cullum.…

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The friendship of Christ

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August 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

The friendship of Christ

The friendship of Christ by Timothy Cross 'There are friends who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother' (Proverbs 18:24).The friendship of Christ is rarely written about in Christian literature. Perhaps it is assumed but not articulated. To the Christian, however, the friendship of Christ is a…

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News – World Evangelical Congregational Fellowship (WECF)

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August 2007
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News – World Evangelical Congregational Fellowship (WECF)

World Evangelical Congregational Fellowship (WECF)'God's glory - our purpose' was the theme of the WECF's eighth triennial conference, held at the end of May at Hothorpe Hall, Leicestershire. At this inspiring gathering, attended by 140 Evangelical Congregationalists from around the world, the WECF celebrated its 21st birthday.Every continent except Antarctica was represented, with delegates…

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August 2007
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News – Witchcraft conference

Witchcraft conference A small Norwegian town inside the Arctic Circle was the focal point of a gathering of experts in sorcery and witchcraft from universities all over the world. The International Midnight Sun Witchcraft Conference draws participants to Vardo for the summer solstice to celebrate the midnight sun.The delegates meet for three days of…

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Christianity and Liberalism – Are they two different religions?

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August 2007
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Christianity and Liberalism – Are they two different religions?

Church Society ConferenceChristianity and Liberalism - Are they two different religions?The aim of the conference was to show how liberalism is contrary to Scripture, to learn from those who have stood against it in the past, and to examine its impact on Evangelicals in the Church of England today. The main speakers were Lee…

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News – The best in the west

The best in the westOn Saturday 16 June the EMW Christian Bookshop at Bryntirion, Bridgend, was relaunched - refurbished, enlarged, and with a coffee lounge and children's play area. A good number of people gathered for the opening ceremony. The ribbon was cut by Mrs Eluned Thomas - the first warden and caretaker at…

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August 2007
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News – Quality of life and disability

Quality of life and disabilityA study of children with mental and physical disability has shown they are as happy as children without the condition. Research quoted in the medical journal The Lancet suggests the children's physical impairment has no negative effect on their relationships, moods or welfare.The researchers believe the study of 500 children…

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News – Southern Cross Evangelical Church

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August 2007
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News – Southern Cross Evangelical Church

Southern Cross Evangelical ChurchCelebrations took place on Saturday 10 June at Southern Cross Evangelical Church, Trafalgar Road, in Portslade, to mark 100 years of worship in the current building.One of the guest speakers was Celia Barlow, MP for Portslade and Hove, who spoke of the church being an important part of community life. The…

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August 2007
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News – Nigeria set to boycott Lambeth

Nigeria set to boycott Lambeth The Times newspaper recently carried a report that Archbishop Dr Peter Akinola, Primate of Nigeria, and his 120-plus bishops will boycott next year's Lambeth Conference unless the US Church halts its liberal agenda. The Nigerian bishops will meet next month to decide whether to attend the conference.Dr Akinola heads the…

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News – Sussex youth conference

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August 2007
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News – Sussex youth conference

Sussex youth conference This year's Spring bank holiday saw this conference meeting at Hailsham Baptist Chapel. Mark Stocker opened up many aspects of Leviticus, considering especially three themes. The first was on levitical sacrifices. Christ came as a perfect and willing sacrifice for us; in glad response to God, we are to 'offer ourselves a…

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News – Dennis Jenkins

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August 2007
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News – Dennis Jenkins

Dennis JenkinsOn Saturday evening, 12 May, Dennis Jenkins passed into glory. He was in the middle of preaching what would be his last sermon, when 'faith gave way to sight'. It was a sudden passing but one that was so very appropriate for a man like Dennis Jenkins.The grace of God first worked in…

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August 2007
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News – Free Church of England convocation

Free Church of England convocationAbout forty clergy, wardens and delegates from churches of the Evangelical Connexion of the Free Church of England gathered over 7-9 May at The Hayes, Swanwick, for their annual convocation. This period of 48 hours was divided between worship, prayer and instruction on one hand, and business on the other.The…

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